The Arizona Cardinals will have to significantly alter their backfield situation if one report today is to be believed.
With Chris Johnson having already been ruled out 'indefinitely' on Monday in the aftermath of an injury picked up in the team's week 12 win over the 49ers, FOX Sports 910's Mike Jurecki now has a more damning update.
According to the radio host, the veteran running back is facing six-to-eight-weeks out with the tibia injury - all but ending his season unless the Cardinals reach the Super Bowl.
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Johnson, having overcome a gunshot wound during the offseason to sign with Arizona, had been the team's starting rusher this season.
Having amassed 872 total yards and three touchdowns on 196 attempts and six receptions, the 30-year-old's absence certainly leaves a void in the offense that needs filling.
And with fellow running back Andre Ellington dealing with a turf toe issue at present, it looks like Bruce Arians and co. will have to put their faith in rookie David Johnson for the immediate future.
With the NFC West franchise safely heading for the postseason courtesy of a 9-2 record to date, they will be hoping that Ellington is back sooner rather than later to aid the younger Johnson.
CJ2K could, of course, return in time for the season finale Super Bowl should Arizona make it that far. Whether he would be game ready for such a contest would be questionable, however.
The veteran, if he is indeed facing up to two months out, his disappointment at missing out on the action will be joined by a financial concern. He was due a $2 million incentive if he reached 1,300 yards this season - a tough, but reachable target considering his form thus far.
Cardinals fans: Do you trust David Johnson as your lead back moving forward? Have your say in the comments below...
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